The myth of decoupling

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This short presentation looks at decoupling to show why perpetual economic growth is inherently unsustainable.

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The myth of decoupling

  1. 1. The Myth of Decoupling
  2. 2. Decoupling compares resource use toeconomic growth.• Relative decoupling means resource use may increase, however, at a slower rate than economic growth.• Absolute decoupling is achieved when resource use declines over time while the economy grows. 2
  3. 3. To keep economic activity withinecological limits, we must achieveabsolute decoupling.• There is some limited evidence of relative decoupling occurring thanks to efficiency gains over the last three decades. – This means that economic growth has outpaced efficiency improvements, and there has been growth in resource use overall.• There is little to no evidence of absolute decoupling. <

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